During the COVID-19 pandemic, many outdoor school providers and districts are developing Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) outdoor school programs to serve students who are participating in school online or via some other form of remote learning. These transitions to CDL programming are supported by the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program's COVID-19 response strategies for 2020-2022. On December 18, 2020, we hosted a panel discussion with representatives from four outdoor school programs that are developing CDL outdoor school programs.
You can watch a recording of the panel via the button below. The resources mentioned during the webinar are available using the dropdown menus to the right of the webinar recording. If you have any questions or need support while developing your own CDL outdoor school programs, we encourage you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zoom chat is available for download.
Land Acknowledgment Resources:
Camp Tamarack Virtual Outdoor School Resources (curriculum, schedules, etc.)
Wallowa Resources - Educational Resources (outdoor school-specific resources will be added in the coming months)
Perrydale SD Virtual Outdoor School Resources (curriculum book, Powerpoint presentations, etc.)
If after watching the recorded panel discussion, you are interested in contacting one of the panelists, please email our Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, Kristi Backe, to arrange an email introduction.
Visit this COVID-19 Programming Resources page to learn more about program implementation logistics, adjusting your instruction for new formats, supporting social-emotional well-being, and more!
In Spring 2020, we created ten weekly activity sets to support students in making nature observations, keeping nature journals, and exploring interactive virtual resources. Perhaps some of these activities might inspire some of your work to transition to modified outdoor school programming! The weekly activity sets, which are available in English and in Spanish, can be access via our COVID-19 Programming Resources page.
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